Trillions of cicadas are about to rise up from the ground and swarm the eastern U.S and parts of Canada.
So here’s a gross question: Should we start EATING THEM?
Every 17 years, the cicada boom offers a huge boost to the food chain from the bottom up. But in general, we don’t directly take part in the delicious cicada action. But maybe we should because a surprising number of people are up for it.
Someone polled 35,000 Americans, and one in four said they’d give cicada-based food a shot.
That includes 9% who are VERY willing to do it. Another 13% said probably not, but maybe, 44% said no way, 15% weren’t sure, and one in 50 Americans have already eaten cicadas.
Men were 50% more likely than women to say they’d give it a try. And young people were more likely to say yes than older people.
28% also said they’d be up for trying SOME sort of insect-based food. And a third of us think insects as food will become a bigger trend in the next ten years.